Skoda Rapid facelift to launch in August 2016
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Will get a revised front end and longer equipment list.
According to Carwale, the Skoda Rapid facelift will launch for sale in August 2016. It is the first major facelift for the VW Vento-based sedan since it was introduced in the market.
Although not many details exist on the facelift, spyshots have revealed that it will feature a restyled front bumper, new headlamps, new grille design, new bonnet and restyled front fenders. Given that the headlamps and bumper are covered up in the test mules, it’s possible that the new Rapid could adopt a front-end inspired by that of Euro-spec Skoda Rapid. The rear bumper is padded up, signifying more changes.
Skoda could increase the equipment list with features sourced from the 2016 VW Vento, such as rain sensing wipers, auto dimming IRVM, phone book/SMS viewer and Mirrorlink connectivity as part of a new touchscreen infotainment system to the PQ25 platform in India. LED DRLs could also be an option, as seen in the Vento showcased at the Auto Expo.
Engine lineup could retain the 1.6-litre MPI four-cylinder petrol and the recently launched 1.5-litre TDI four-cylinder engines. The petrol engine is offered with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission choices while the diesel engine can be paired to a 5-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission choices.
Rivals: VW Vento, Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna
Expected Price: INR 8-13 lakhs (ex-showroom)
Expected Arrival: August 2016
Euro-spec Skoda Rapid – Image Gallery